Sometimes I Just Want To Copy Someone Else’s Status

Sometimes I Just Want To Copy Someone Else’s Status

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Updated Aug 21, 2011 at 06:39PM EDT by Brad.

Added Aug 26, 2010 at 10:25PM EDT by Brad.

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“Sometimes I Just Want To Copy Someone Else’s Status, Word For Word, And See If They Notice” is a copypasta that virally spread through Twitter and Facebook in late August 2010. The humorous, self-referential text inspired over 1,500 replicate instances of the identical sentence in less than 12 hours. Due to its self-referential nature (i.e., a tweet on the subject of tweeting), it can be seen as an example of meta-discussion[8].


The earliest known instance of the copypasta tweet was posted by Twitter user JBtoColorado[1] on August 18th, 2010:

sometimes I want to just copy someone else’s tweet word for word just to see if they would notice…less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply


Four days later on August 24th, Twitter user DazWolf[2] retweeted the message but it largely went unnoticed. On August 26th, Twitter user Tim Waters[3] (@tim_waters) from Leeds, UK retweeted the same message at 10:42 a.m. (EST). Water’s tweet brought the copypasta into spotlight in the United Kingdom and the trend continued to spread through Facebook status updates.

At 10:52 a.m. (EST), @elspethjane of New York City tweeted the message to her 3,100 followers, quickly picking up coverage from several internet culture blogs like Huffington Post[4], Urlesque[5] and TechCrunch[6] among others. The meme was also cited as an example in the article “What Defines a Meme?” published in May 2011 issue of Smithsonian Magazine.[7]

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[1]Twitter – JBtoColorado’s Tweet

[2]Twitter – DazWolf’s Tweet

[3]Twitter – TimWater’s Tweet

[4]Huffington Post – Sometimes I Just Want to Copy Someone Else’s Status

[5]Urlesque – Sometimes I Just Want to Copy Someone Else’s Status

[6]TechCrunch – Twitter Human Virus

[7]Smithsonian Magazine – What Defines a Meme?

[8]Wikipedia – Meta-discussion

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